Amy’s story can help us understand what it is like to experience abuse from a trusted church member, and then not to be believed when she tried to tell about it.
This resource is a consolidation of guidelines that CRC Synods have adopted over time, as a supplement to the Church Order, to equip churches to deal with an abuse allegation in a manner that is consistent with CRC beliefs and values.
As the #MeToo movement hits the church, many churches are requesting information about how to respond. We hope this toolkit will help people, especially church councils, understand what their options are.
Safe Church Ministry offers Responding to Abuse: A Toolkit for Churches as we recognize the great need to respond well to sexual abuse. Understanding how abuse happens, often through a process of grooming, is a part of this toolkit.
Did you know that Safe Church Ministry started out as the Office of Abuse Prevention? Think of the heartache avoided by preventing abuse before it happens. Surely churches belong at the front lines.
Safe Church Ministry offers a toolkit for churches. Responding to immediate needs is a part of that toolkit. We hope that this article is helpful toward that end.
Safe Church Ministry began as the Office of Abuse Prevention; prevention must be a primary focus of our work. Therefore, we have step one — be prepared. Our response efforts will always be weak and lacking without this foundation.
An effective response to abuse is not possible without understanding the dynamics and impacts of abuse, especially the power dynamics.
This bulletin insert for Safe Church Ministry includes a description of elder abuse, the consequences to the elderly, and Internet addresses for more information.
This bulletin insert includes a general definition of child abuse and a brief list of the common signs of child abuse.
This bulletin insert for Safe Church Ministry includes a description of how abuse victims and offenders can experience justice and mercy, which can lead to healing.
These educational resources will help you begin talking with young adults about healthy sexuality.
A bulletin insert that reveals the dangers and destruction of pornography.
The 'Power and Control Wheel' has been used for many years to describe the central power and control dynamic that operates in many kinds of abusive relationships.